The Wake County school diversity fight got another dose of national media attention today in this article in The New Yorker looking at conservative businessman Art Pope's role in North Carolina politics.
Most of the lengthy magazine article by Jane Mayer deals with the charge that Pope has "taken control" of the state's politics. But toward the end of the article, it mentions that "Pope garnered national attention when North Carolina Democrats accused Pope of engineering, in 2009, the re-segregation of public schools in Wake County."
The article quotes the Rev. William Barber, president of the state NAACP, who says that "the first thing the school board did was start putting black children back into their so-called neighborhoods."
“No one that I know of wants to re-segregate the Wake County schools!" Pope responds in the article.